For me “Lago di Garda” is one of the best training spots for triathlon training, specially cycling and running. Dolomites are just starting form the Lake and looking at the climate, it can get just as warm, if not even warmer than on Mallorca at this time of the year. So the conditions are optimal
Where to live, eat and train:
It is around 150km around the Lake, a flat tour where you also must ride through some galleries, so take a light with if you plan to do that. For me, no ride by the Lake; there is lots of traffic, so I prefer the mountain roads, as of course the mountains are one of the reasons to be. Some cool climbs in the area could be the one up to Santa Barbara (Monte Velo) or the ride around Cavedine Lake, and a tought one up to Monte Bondone. Rides in between 2 and 5 hours. And lots of strength to your riding muscles
If you live south of the Lake there are no big mountains, and possibilities for swimming are quite limited. Michael Rasmussen is living down by a village Lazise, ok, he is a cyclist… and not a runner neither swimmer, so this is a good spot for him
For me, I head to the North of the Lake, where the real mountains are starting. Stay in a village called Arco, or Riva del Garda, where the swimming hall also is. There are plenty of good hotels in the area, even more restaurants and pizzerias, and enjoy to have a nice dinner for 2 and paying just 35 euro in total … And italian food you don’t need to complain about
The best pizzas you get in Lido di Arco, Pizzeria Al Porto; big, thin and delicious
For fish eaters: go up to Nago; La Villa has it all…
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If you forgot some cycling equipment home, need a new helmet or new cycling pants, no problem, the area is full of cycling shops selling it all…!!! For cycling clothing try to check Moser shop in Arco. Sara one of the owner sisters has her own “Recycling cyclewear” and is selling great quality stuff in her store. And for the girls… nice colors… Above of her own brand she has also different other things… good shopping…
Running in Arco Riva could not be better. There is the great biking/walking path, and there are the mountain roads, so you just choose, what you want
And the pool is in Riva.
It is 25 meters, opens normally quite late… at 10 in the morning… and in the first hour is crowded. So try to make a good plan with your swimming. Actually if you make a brick run-swim-run, it is cool, you get 9-10 km run (even in 2 parts) and a good swim.
Focus on cycling and running, and train your swimming home
Have a good camp!!!! I will enjoy mine, and see you out there!